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EDF Energy's Nuclear Power Stations Record Best Output for Seven Years

Sat, 02/01/2014 - 14:02
The 60 Terawatt hours of low carbon electricity produced was almost 50% higher than the last year before the stations were acquired by EDF Group in 2009 and is enough to power half of the UK’s homes. The news follows the recent seven year life extension of two power stations at Hinkley Point B and Hunterston B to 2023 and demonstrates the key role the company’s 15 nuclear reactors have to play in dealing with the UK’s energy gap. The exceptional performance is a resu...

Solar power around the clock: Centrosolar to offer new storage system

Tue, 03/12/2013 - 10:33
Hamburg -  Starting in April, Centrosolar will begin offering solar energy storage systems, providing round-the-clock access to electricity produced by photovoltaic plants. The new Cenpac Storage system comprises a storage battery, a battery inverter and an intelligent energy manager. Based on current needs, solar energy is supplied to power consumers, is used to charge the battery or is fed into the grid. While households without storage capabilities typically use a maximum of 30 per cent of the solar ...

DNV and Statoil cooperate to enhance Arctic competence

Tue, 03/12/2013 - 10:31
Oslo -  DNV and Statoil are today launching a competence programme that aims to enhance the two organisations’ knowledge about particular Arctic challenges. “Due to Arctic-specific risks such as remoteness, darkness, ice and low temperatures, it is utterly important to take a stepwise approach in which we learn and improve from the experience gained. Our complementary roles as operator and risk-management expert in challenging environments are the best reason for sharing best practices an...

Chevron Reaffirms 2017 Production Target, Highlights Future Growth

Tue, 03/12/2013 - 10:27
NEW YORK -  Chevron Corporation  executives said today at the company's annual security analyst meeting in New York that the company is continuing to deliver industry-leading operational and financial results and progressing key development projects. "We had another outstanding year in 2012. We continue to lead the industry in total shareholder returns and most other safety and financial performance metrics," said John Watson, Chevron's chairman and CEO. Watson added, "Our...

Siemens opens world's largest wind turbine R&D test facilities

Tue, 03/12/2013 - 07:40
Hamburg -  Siemens Energy has opened two major Research & Development test facilities for wind turbine technology in Denmark. The new test center in Brande features test stands for major components of Siemens wind turbines, including generators, main bearings and complete nacelles. In Aalborg, seven blade test stands are capable to perform full scale tests of rotor blades, including the world’s largest blade in operation with a length of 75 meters. In combination, the two facilities form the w...

Nuclear Plant Components in Demand as Power Source Retains Appeal

Tue, 03/12/2013 - 04:34
Amsterdam -  Although nuclear energy is still a major power source for developed regions around the world, emerging economies are picking up the pace with ambitious development plans, states research and consulting. The new report states that power uprates, plant life extension programs and replacements in existing plants will significantly stimulate global demand for nuclear power plant components. Deaerators are part of the feed water system in nuclear power plants, and are used to remove dissolved ...

United Kingdom: Total resumes production from the Elgin/Franklin area in the UK North Sea

Tue, 03/12/2013 - 04:15
Paris -  Total announces the restart of production on the Elgin/Franklin area on 9 March 2013, following the approval of the safety case by the UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE). Production resumes gradually and should soon reach close to 70,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boed; approximately 30,000 boed in Total’s share), that is to say 50% of the production potential from the fields. In order to recover by 2015 the production level which existed before the Elgin incident, a red...

Five-Megawatt Kalaeloa Solar Farm Now Generating Power on Oahu

Tue, 03/12/2013 - 04:09
Honolulu -  "Solar is a valuable source of power and attractive investment opportunity, particularly in Hawaii, as it cleanly and reliably serves our growing energy demand without imported fossil fuels, while providing a predictable, low risk return to investors over a long period of time," said David Buzby, CEO of BPRE. "We're confident that, with SunPower's leading solar power plant technology, this project will benefit the residents of Oahu for years to come." At the 36...

ASP to Focus Production on Highly Engineered PV Modules

Tue, 03/12/2013 - 04:02
Lake Mary -  Advanced Solar Photonics, LLC (ASP), a leading manufacturer of photovoltaic (PV) equipment and provider of turnkey alternative energy systems, announced today that it is focusing its production capacity on highly engineered photovoltaic (PV) modules and customized PV applications using glass-to-glass (G2G) and bifacial cell technology. These specialty PV products include bifacial and glass-to glass modules in a 60 cell configurations in both framed and frameless models.  These produc...

Statoil and its partners have started production from the Vigdis North-East oil field located in the southern North Sea

Tue, 03/12/2013 - 03:56
Vigdis North-East is the third project in Statoil's fast-track portfolio. "The project adds new and valuable volumes for Statoil and its partners, and we have managed to meet the ambitious schedule and cost frames for this type of fast-track developments," says Edvin B Ytredal, head of Snorre, Tordis and Vigdis production. "We have reached another important milestone in our fast-track portfolio through good cooperation in the licence and with the authorities." ...

Amyris Joins Bonsucro, the Leading Sustainability Standard for Sugarcane

Tue, 03/12/2013 - 03:44
EMERYVILLE, Calif., -  Amyris, Inc, a leading renewable chemicals company, announced today it has joined Bonsucro, the world's leading sugarcane sustainability standard. Amyris is the first advanced biofuels and chemicals company of its kind to join Bonsucro, paving the way for certification of Amyris's renewable products. "Amyris is committed to delivering No Compromise renewable products that enable sustainable growth for our customers. Bonsucro has emerged as a respected certification standard f...

ExxonMobil Starts Production From Telok Gas Field

Tue, 03/12/2013 - 03:40
Irving -  ExxonMobil has started production from the Telok natural gas field, located offshore Malaysia in the South China Sea. “The Telok development will help meet increasing demand for natural gas in Peninsular Malaysia,” said Neil W. Duffin, president of ExxonMobil Development Company. “It is one of many natural gas developments ExxonMobil will bring on stream in the next few years around the world.” The development concept of “design one, build many” was...

Japan extracts 'fire ice' gas from seabed

Tue, 03/12/2013 - 02:48
TOKYO -  Japan said Tuesday it had successfully extracted methane hydrate, known as "fire ice", from its seabed, possibly unlocking many years' worth of gas for the resource-starved country. In what they are claiming as a world first, a consortium is drilling for the hydrate, a fossil fuel that looks like ice but consists of very densely-packed methane surrounded by water molecules, one kilometre (3,300 feet) below sea level. The solid white substance burns with a pale flame, lea...

South Sudan agree new timeline to restart oil

Tue, 03/12/2013 - 01:58
ADDIS ABABA -  South Sudan on Tuesday signed the latest of a string of deals to restart the flow of oil stalled for more than a year after shutting down pipelines through arch-rival Sudan. The agreement sets a 14-day deadline from signing for both Juba and Khartoum "to instruct oil companies to re-establish oil production", according to a copy of the deal seen by AFP. If the agreement is followed -- and multiple previous deals have been ignored -- it could still take several weeks for comp...

Nuclear group Areva insists public trusts sector

Tue, 03/12/2013 - 01:05
WARSAW -  Two years after Japan's Fukushima nuclear crisis, the head of French group Areva, a leading company in the sector, insisted that public confidence in atomic energy has been re-established. "We're seeing this confidence return," Luc Oursel told journalists in Warsaw on Monday. "In Europe, there are more and more countries favouring nuclear than those opposing it," he insisted. That position was not shared by German Environment Minister Peter Altmaier, wh...

Greenpeace protests at Argentina nuclear plant

Mon, 03/11/2013 - 13:48
BUENOS AIRES -  Some 40 Greenpeace activists were arrested inside an atomic power plant in Argentina on Monday at a protest on the second anniversary of the earthquake and nuclear disaster in Japan, the group said. The protesters "were beaten and detained after entering the Embalse nuclear facility in Cordoba" some 700 kilometers (450 miles) northeast of Buenos Aires, a Greenpeace statement said. It added that the group had hoped to underscore the dangers of nuclear power, two years after a...

World's largest biogas plant inaugurated in Finland

Mon, 03/11/2013 - 11:00
HELSINKI -  The world's largest biogas plant was Monday inaugurated on Finland's western coast as the country seeks to limit its use of foreign coal. Built near an existing coal-fired power plant in Vaasa, central Finland, the 140 megawatt biomass gasification factory is expected to cut coal use by up to 40 percent. Fuelled mainly with wood residue from Finland's large forestry sector, the plant is expected to reduce carbon-dioxide emissions by 230,000 tons a year while providing both...

Ballard to supply Fuel Cell Modules to Power Connecticut Bus

Mon, 03/11/2013 - 09:45
VANCOUVER, CANADA -  Ballard Power Systems has announced a supply agreement with the Center for Transportation and the Environment for a 150 kilowatt FCvelocityTM-HD6 fuel cell module to be integrated into a bus that will be deployed with CTTransit in Hartford, Connecticut. The All-American fuel cell hybrid bus is expected to be delivered in 2015. The fuel cell hybrid bus configuration to be deployed with CTTransit was jointly developed with partners BAE Systems and ElDorado National and is currently in opera...

Iran, Pakistan press pipeline despite US sanctions threat

Mon, 03/11/2013 - 08:38
chabahar, Iran -  Iranian and Pakistani leaders inaugurated the construction of a much-delayed section of a $7.5 billion gas pipeline linking the two neighbours Monday, defying the threat of US sanctions. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad launched the project with his Pakistani counterpart Asif Ali Zardari at a ceremony on the border, hailing a blow to US-led sanctions targeting his country's oil and gas sector. The two leaders unveiled a plaque before shaking hands and offering prayers for the success...

Japan marks second tsunami anniversary

Mon, 03/11/2013 - 03:35
Ishinomaki, Japan -  People all over Japan bowed their heads in silence Monday as they remembered the almost 19,000 who died when a ferocious tsunami surged ashore two years earlier. Ceremonies were held in towns and cities throughout the disaster zone, as well as in Tokyo, where Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko led tributes to those who lost their lives in a disaster that also sparked a nuclear emergency. As a mournful quiet descended, cold winds blew through the grounds of Okawa Elementary School, in...

   

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